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Brave or Crazy? Quitting my job to start my own business...in a pandemic...

Have you always wanted to own your own business?

Do you have that entrepreneurial spirit?


Well, if someone had asked me those questions a year ago I would have said no.

Actually if you ask me right now I think I’d still say no…


I hear you asking, “But, Karli, don’t you own your own business now? Aren’t you an entrepreneur??”

Yes, I do.

And yes, apparently I am.



About a year ago, in late 2019, I got the crazy idea that my next career move could possibly be a pivot into the professional speaking and coaching world. A departure from Higher Education and Student Affairs where I have spent nearly a decade of my professional life. It was a wild idea, but hey, let’s go with it!


So I set out to start my own LLC - Karli Sherman Productions - and by the start of 2020 I was officially a business owner!

Which is bonkers because I literally knew nothing about starting, owning, or running a business.

I had to google what LLC stood for.

Y'all, seriously, I knew nothing.


The plan (was there a plan?) was to continue in my full-time job at the university where I was employed while I built my business up.

But rapidly the plan changed (again we are using “plan” loosely) and I decided to GO FOR IT.

Take the plunge,

Take the leap of faith,

Put all the eggs in a basket,

Charge forth,

whatever other optimistic cliche fits,

And I quit my job!


It was exciting! It was an adventure! It was March 2nd!

And then the world shut down two weeks later…


Yep, my last day at the university was March 2, 2020.

So I suddenly have a fledgling business based on speaking at events (which are all cancelled), educating teams (who are not meeting), and providing professional development for companies (who are not going into work) and campuses (who are shut down).


…...Cool.

What a time to be a small business owner.


People have asked me constantly over the last 7 months, “Hey, how’s the new business going?!”

It’s a super nice question. I appreciate it.

I also struggle with how to respond.


Because I know what they are really doing is being encouraging and polite by recognizing my business.

So I should be positive and polite in my response, something like, “Oh it’s great, having tons of fun!”